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Asian Electronica: Vancouver's Tarun Nayar New CD Release & Download

From a media release:

10 Years in the Making; Delhi 2 Dublin's Tarun Nayar's New Take On Asian Electronica

You may know Tarun 'Tspoon' Nayar from his much in demand band Delhi 2 Dublin, but what you may not know is that Tarun is also a Vancouver based DJ/producer who is about to turn Asian-fused electronica on its ear. After travelling the four corners of the globe, Tarun has compiled 10 years of material for his latest solo effort, 22º of Beatitude (Chaiwalla's Boombox; March 01, 2011) which he describes as his most personal work to date.

Recording sessions with artists worldwide, 22º of Beatitude brings us to temples in Bhutan, to street corners in Tokyo and even to an intimate conversation between the artist and his grandmother. Breaking out of the dancefloor-driven format, Tarun’s aim was to record as many of the sounds as possible, live, without the use of sample libraries. Each of these songs tells a story, and each story is a chapter in the artist’s life. The…

Irish Rockers The Saw Doctors - US Tour in March 2011

From a media release:

New York to Las Vegas - Irish Rockers The Saw Doctors on US Tour in March 2011

The Saw Doctors are known in Ireland for ridiculously catchy songs and for rocking the road week after week from Galway to Melbourne-and, come March 2011, from New York to Las Vegas. They've hopped up countless crowds, including at two inaugurations of Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, with upbeat anthems to everyday people.

A fun-loving reputation precedes the band thanks to their zany hit "I Useta Lover" or the recent sneak Irish radio chart-topper, "Red Cortina A Cappella." But it belies a more reflective side with deep roots, a side sometimes forgotten even by the group's biggest fans.

"That one-sided perception of the band haunts us, even in our hometown here in Western Ireland," chuckles Saw Doctors singer and guitarist Leo Moran. "A few months ago, in a pub here, I sang one of my favorite songs, 'Same Oul Town', the title tra…

Sara Banleigh Brings Folk Back to its Dark Roots

From a media release:

Stories of Love and Murder: Sara Banleigh Brings Folk Back to its Dark Roots

Piano-based folk singer Sara Banleigh will be releasing her debut album The Folk EP (Self-Release; March 01, 2011), marking a unique and exciting addition to the world’s folk catalogue. Sara's riveting piano-based arrangements of traditional folk tunes from Ireland and the British Isles offer a rare and fascinating take on this beloved, age-old music, which has until now primarily been recorded on guitar and other stringed instruments. With intricate piano orchestration, compelling vocals, and a handful of other acoustic instruments, The Folk EP offers a fresh and spellbinding journey through this ancient genre of music.

The rich and captivating album offers Sara’s interpretation of 5 traditional English, Scottish, and Irish folk songs, each of them several hundred years old. The songs, which have survived through oral tradition in Northern Europe and in the United States, where they c…

Nightwood Theatre Presents FemCab for International Women's Day March 1

From a media release - what better way to celebrate than with these talented women?

Nightwood announces FemCab 2011 Line-Up…including Judy Rebick as the keynote speaker

FemCab 2011
Nightwood’s 28th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration
March 1, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Toronto, ON…Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s national women’s theatre, is thrilled to announce Judy Rebick as this year’s Keynote Speaker of FemCab, Nightwood’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Judy Rebick is a well-known social justice activist, writer, educator and speaker. Her latest book is Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political.  Her other books include Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution (Penguin 2005). One of Canada’s best-known feminists, Rebick is the former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

Joining Rebick and Nightwood in will be: comedian-host Sandra Battaglini (Hard Headed Woman); award-winning playwright Ju…

Canadian Opera Co takes Robert Lepage's Nightingale to BAM

The reviews are in - get your tix as soon as you can: the New York Times describes the effect of The Nightingale’s palace scene as “more splendid than the Imperial Palace scene in the Met’s popular production of Puccini’s ‘Turandot,’ a Zeffirelli extravaganza;” that “the Canadian Opera Company’s orchestra and chorus were vibrantly conducted by its accomplished young music director, Johannes Debus,” and remarks “the first half of the program employs nimble acrobats and the most affecting and intricate puppetry I have ever seen.” The New York Post says that The Nightingale and Other Short Fables “confirms why [Robert Lepage is] one of the most imaginative directors currently active” and has created a show full of moments of “pure magic” and “childlike wonder.” The Associated Press praises the production’s “terrific” cast, singling out for praise soprano Olga Peretyatko (the Nightingale) for a “fresh, silvery sound” that “easily negotiates the tricky coloratura flights Stravinsky …

Peggy Baker Dance Projects - Are You Okay March 1-13 in Toronto

From a media release:

Peggy Baker Dance Projects' presentation of Are You Okay,
a theatre/dance mutual biography in space
created and performed by
acclaimed dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker and award-winning playwright and actor Michael Healey,
directed by Necessary Angel Artistic Director Daniel Brooks.
March 1 to March 13, 2011 at Factory Studio Theatre.

Toronto, February 9, 2010, 2011 - Peggy Baker Dance Projects, in association with Necessary Angel, presents the world premiere of Are You Okay, a theatre/dance piece created and performed by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker and award-winning playwright and actor Michael Healey, directed by Necessary Angel Artistic Director Daniel Brooks. Are You Okay previews from March 1, opens March 4 and runs to March 13 at Factory Studio Theatre.

These three self-described 'very old artists' navigate a kinetic conversation about creation, physical mastery, body betrayal, the brutal humour of time and the ephemeral nature …

The Diary of Anne Frank Opens March 1 in Toronto

From a media release - I've seen the talented Ms Cole on stage in Bethune Imagined and I think you can expect a really poignant performance:

Shakespeare in Action presents
Keeping the story of Anne Frank alive

Toronto, February 8, 2011 - Shakespeare in Action, Canada's leading classical company for young audiences, brings a new production of The Diary of Anne Frank to the stage. The Wendy Kesselman adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank opens March 1 and runs to March 13 at Central Commerce Theatre (with school performances beginning February 23). Rising star Sascha Cole (The Apology for The Next Stage Festival, Factory Theatre's Bethune Imagined, and CanStage's Rock'n'Roll) plays the title role.

• February 23 - March 13, 2011
• At Central Commerce Theatre, 570 Shaw Street

Few stories have captured the horror and cruelty of the Holocaust quite like the compelling story of Anne Frank. As her family hides from Nazi tyranny, a young woman's acc…

Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

From a media release:


New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

Planet In Focus Inaugural Green Screen Award

From a media release:

The Planet in Focus
Sponsored by Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund

(Toronto – February 17, 2011) When it comes to the environment, the film and television industry talks the talk with environment-themed movies that inspire and educate audiences. Now comes the Planet In Focus Green Screen Award for filmmakers who have walked the walk.

The inaugural award - sponsored by Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund - will celebrate compelling stories of green production practices that have taken place on set or on location during the filming of a film or television program. The producer and/or the director of the most inspiring production story will receive a $5,000 CDN cash award and a certificate for the services of Planet in Focus’ Green Screen Program on their next film or television production.

This innovative award – the first of its kind in Canada and the first to offer a cash award – will highlight how film and television industry professionals are putting …

Lovett's Heartattack Video/Single Release

From a media release - I'm about a week late for Valentine's, which shows you what kind of crazy seven days I've just had:

Lovett Marks Valentine’s Day With The Release of “Heartattack” on iTunes

New York, NY – Lovett’s latest music video shows us that Valentine’s Day can be a fun-loving rock party without all the mushy-gushy hoopla.  A full-blown foot-stomping dance-athon, Lovett’s “Heartattack” is the follow-up music video to the Spinner-touted “Eye Of The Storm” and round two of Lovett’s thunderous series of 9 cinematic music videos. Check out the “Heartattack” music video below. “Heartattack” is also available on iTunes and Lovers Label.

• Download it here.

The diverse nature and production of Lovett’s two latest music videos display their artistic range and creative momentum. Whereas Lovett’s first music video for “Eye Of The Storm” was epic with a cgi-laden narrative that took approximately one year to produce, “Heartattack” was made in one week with the straightforward …

Off-Broadway Deal - White People - 25% Off Code to March 13

From a release:

White People
Opening Night - February 21
Closing March 13
The Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC

Use code "NEAT" for 25% off

On a seemingly idyllic suburban Saturday in 1975 the long repressed tensions of Mag's WASP family finally explode. Her older son is writing a pornographic science fiction epic in his pajamas. Her go-go dancing daughter is followed home from work by a mysterious stranger. Her youngest son is smoking something in the basement. Her husband's started drinking again… and her racist mother shows up for lunch on the wrong day. A long day's journey into white.

By Neil Cuthbert*
Directed by Michael Barakiva
Featuring James DeMarse*, Cecilia DeWolf*, David Gelles*, Delphi Harrington*, Matthew Minor, Mickey Solis and Jennifer Joan Thompson
* denotes EST Member
Set: Maiko Chii • Sound: Matt Sherwin
Costumes: Suzanne Chesney • Props: Sylviane Jacobsen
Lights: Cate Tate Starmer
Production Stage Manager: Samone B. Weissman
Assistant Stage Manager: Beth Steg…

New Work by Artist Travis Shilling at the Gladstone, Toronto to March 26

From a media release:

How to drown a fish
Extraordinary new work by
Travis Shilling
on view until 26 March 2011
The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

Travis Shilling is a paint chronicler. He captures the hidden in the visible – after-effects and fall-outs from events real and imagined. Travis’ series, How to drown a fish, marks out territories of disaster and survival. Asking how one drowns a fish is asking the impossible because human and animal alike adapt to inner and outer hardship. Still, people try to drown a fish every day, through damaging the environment or self-destruction. Travis' work reflects a rich imagination and exceptional skill. These paintings juxtapose civilization and the animal world in a narrative dreamscape.

Travis was born in Rama, Ontario. He is the second of two artist sons of acclaimed Aboriginal artist Arthur Shilling. Travis has exhibited in Canada, Europe and the U.S. He travels between studios in Rama and Toronto.

Also a filmmaker and playwright, Travis' shor…

Yemen Blues North American Tour February - March 2011

From a media release - this music is haunting and extraordinarily beautiful:

Yemen Blues, Spring 2011 Tour Moments of Deep Desert Soul:
The Invocations of Yemen Blues on North American Debut Tour
February 24 in Vancouver, the 26th in Toronto, then Chicago, NYC, LA & other dates throughout the U.S. from February 27 to March 10, 2011

"Yemen Blues is THE discovery of the year" (WDR Funkhaus Europa, Germany)

If Blind Willie Johnson hung out with North African trance musicians or if Stevie Wonder studied Yemenite chants, it would sound like Yemen Blues. Raw yet refined, the group's nine eclectic musicians bang on olive cans, hit elusive microtones, and sing in invented languages.

North America will get its first real taste of the ensemble, powered by lead singer Ravid Kalahani's distinctive charisma, on tour this February and March, as Yemen Blues makes its debut in cities across the continent. Led by musical director and seasoned jazz bassist Omer Avital, the group conjur…

The Kill Van Kulls Single Release - Fools Wish February 28

From a media release:

The Kill Van Kulls Release First Single “Fools Wish” on Feb 28th

New York, NY – When you think of finely tuned guitar-pop, Stockport, UK is not what necessarily comes to mind as a breeding ground for the next big thing. Indie rockers The Kill Van Kulls - now Manchester-based - have only been together for six months and have already garnered attention from the likes of XFM and BBC. While finding inspiration in a disused mill and working through the night to sharpen their upbeat four to the floor, kick heavy pop songs, The Kill Van Kulls plan to release their first single “Fools Wish” via the band’s own label on February 28th.

In the grand tradition of Echo & The Bunnymen, what started out as a three piece plus a drum machine, has evolved into a more robust and lush sounding quartet that’s reminiscent of The Doves, The Cure, Simple Minds and pretty much any John Hughes film soundtrack. More recent artists with the same flair for indie pop and new wave rock that c…

Art Auction & Brunch February 27 for Brian Webb Dance Co in Edmonton

From a media release:
Brian Webb Dance Company (BWDC)
27th Annual Art Auction and Brunch
February 27 l The Sutton Place Hotel

Don’t miss the 27th Annual BWDC Art Auction and Brunch at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton (10235 - 101 Street) on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Starting at 11:30am, the event is the hippest art auction in town. Enjoy bidding on a large selection of amazing original art by local artists, a lovely brunch, good wine and a cool crowd. Featured artists include Dean Drever, Karen Cantine, Doug Haynes, Amanda Woodward, Scott Cumberland, Julian Forrest, Allen Ball and more!

All proceeds of the event go to the Brian Webb Dance Company – one of the key presenters and  creators of contemporary dance in Canada for over 30 years.

• Tickets are $75 (including auction and brunch) • Available at TIX on the Square (780-420-1757) • Or online at

Brothel #9 World Premiere at Toronto's Factory Theatre Feb 26 - Mar 27

From a media release:

Anusree Roy's Brothel #9 has world premiere February 26 - March 27, 2011 at Factory Theatre


Toronto, ON –  “Brothel #9 is Anusree Roy’s most mature and provocative work to date,” says Factory Theatre Artistic Director Ken Gass, “The story of Rekha, a young South Asian woman who travels from her village to Calcutta to take a job making light bulbs only to discover she has been sold to a brothel is powerful and riveting drama. Factory Theatre commissioned Brothel #9 and we are thrilled to work with Roy in encouraging her to expand the scale of her playwriting endeavors.” The TD Bank Financial Group sponsors the world premiere of Brothel #9, previewing February 26 – March 2, opening on March 3, and closing March 27, 2011.

Factory Theatre Associate Artist Nigel Shawn Williams (The Bewitched, York University; Shakespeare’s Dog, Alberta Theatre Projects, Blacks Don’t Bowl, Black Theatre Workshop; The Monument, Obsidian Theatre) dir…